Robert Fishman



Robert A. Fishman is a senior partner in the real estate and finance department and chairs the land use and development practice group at Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP in Boston. His practice focuses on development, financing, acquisition and disposition, leasing, and land use/environmental permitting.

Bob was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1991. He is an active member and frequent lecturer in both bar association and real industry trade groups. Bob appears among the best real estate lawyers in Massachusetts in the Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers Guide and was named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in a survey by Law & Politics and Boston magazine. He is listed as one of only five Massachusetts lawyers in the International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and in the Best Lawyers in America. Bob is an active member of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He has chaired NAIOP’s Public Affairs Committee and has received NAIOP’s Public Affairs Award three times for his work on legislative and administrative matters. In 2016, Bob received NAIOP’s Champion Award in recognition of his exceptional advocacy benefitting the real estate industry.

Bob is a past chair of the Lawyers’ Team of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc. (CJP). In 2008, Bob received the Community of Excellence Award from CJP in recognition of his significant contributions to both the broader community and the legal profession.

Bob presently is an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law. He also has taught at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, and Suffolk Law School. Bob’s most recent articles and presentations have addressed smart growth issues, permitting of complex development projects, and environmental issues in business transactions. He authors a chapter of MCLE’s Massachusetts Zoning Manual.

Bob graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and from Harvard Law School, cum laude.


3 credits

This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School's Transactional Law Program and satisfies the Transaction Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. The simulated transaction involves the sale of an urban site in Cambridge, MA comprised of buildings currently or previously occupied by commercial tenants which is to be re-developed into a high-end mixed-use multi-family and retail building. The course is intended to expose students to various transactional, regulatory and other issues faced, and lawyering tasks undertaken, by both junior and more senior attorneys in this type of transaction, and to enable students, in performing these tasks, to develop important practice skills in the area of commercial real estate. The class will be divided into teams at various stages of the transaction, with each team representing the buyer or the seller, regarding the acquisition of the property, or the local developer or capital partner regarding forming the venture that will acquire this property. Students will perform the key analytical, drafting and other legal tasks required to effectively represent their respective clients during various stages of the transaction from inception through closing. Throughout the semester students will be able to interact with a variety of real estate developers and experts. The course grade will be based on periodic drafting, negotiating and other written assignments (both in-class and homework), contributions to team efforts, and individual class participation. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. NOTES: This course counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. The class will also satisfy the Transaction Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2019: LAW JD 774 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Lawrence UchillRobert Fishman
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